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penfold_x
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know about the friendship between Kamarov and Gagarin. Kamarov's sacrifice is incredibly touching.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yes! That was an eye-opener for me, too. It's so moving. And the fact Gagarin apparently tried to force his way in the morning of launch to take Kamarov's place... It's just heartbreaking that the politics of the time put these brave souls (and the science they were pioneering) in such no-win situations.

I'm glad more information about them is slowly but surely coming to light.
elmwood
Mar. 17th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I've always found the rumours, stories of the lost cosmonauts very haunting.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 27th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yes! So have I.
chorale
Mar. 17th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of the lost cosmonauts before. I was chilled by reading these articles, and I already had a bad opinion of the Soviet Union.

*shivers*
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 27th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Chilling is a good word for it. *shivers with you* The photos in which the Soviet government essentially "erased" certain cosmonauts, as if they'd never existed at all, are haunting.
gilda_elise
Mar. 18th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Such a tragedy. It's always hard when one of these brave men or women die, no matter from what country. For it to have almost been ordained, makes it even worse. Knowing that he would die, but going up anyway to save his friend, the man was truly brave and extraordinary.

And, yes, I plan to add the book to my list of those to read.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 27th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
For it to have almost been ordained, makes it even worse.

Yes! That's just heartbreaking.

Knowing that he would die, but going up anyway to save his friend, the man was truly brave and extraordinary.

I agree. That's the best of the human spirit, right there.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 27th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Reading this article (thanks for the great link!) makes me wonder anew how we ever got off this planet in the first place. It's hard for me to wrap my brain around the insanity.

I second the "greatest bromance in Soviet aeronautic history" distinction. What an incredible story! We need an epic movie about this. And then we need a box of tissues.
i_llbedammned
Mar. 22nd, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
I too would be crying in rage if I knew I was dying in a firey space crash. Stories like this are the reasons why space is terrifying to me at times.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 27th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
So true! It's doubly heartbreaking because it was so pointless; it was the politics that killed him rather than the science, really. Such a useless waste of such a talented and brave life.
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